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Copyright law of Myanmar

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The basic laws on copyright in Myanmar are Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 15/2019 (passed 14 May 2019 and effective 14 May 2020, sometimes known as the Copyright and Arbitration Act) and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 3/2019 (passed January 30, 2019, sometimes known as simply the "Trademarks Law"). Burma has not signed the Berne Convention, but it has signed the TRIPS Agreement of the World Trade Organization. Burma is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Related and subsequent amending copyright legislation are listed by WIPO as well.[1]

The main overseer for copyright is the Intellectual Property Department, and for registering trademarks the Office of Registration of Deeds. Prior to the 2019 law going into force, formal copyright registration procedures had never been instituted since the country's independence.

Prior to the 2019 law going into force, copyright in Myanmar was governed under the Copyright Act of 1911 (promulgated 1914 and sometimes known as the 1914 Act) and the Merchandise Marks Act 1889, both instituted when the country was part of the British Empire.

On 18 October 2023, State Administration Council announced the effective date of the Copyright Law as 31 October 2023.[2][3]


  1. ^ Myanmar. WIPO, 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  2. ^ Hla, Fabrice Mattei, Tin (1 November 2023). "Entry into force of the new Copyright Law in Myanmar: Enhancing foreign copyright owners rights". rouse.com. Retrieved 12 November 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Myanmar Announces Effective Date for Industrial Design Law and Copyright Law". intellectual-property-helpdesk.ec.europa.eu. 20 October 2023. Retrieved 12 November 2023.

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